“My paintings are of real landscapes and imaginary. I use rich and vivid colour and the composition is often of a natural environment, within which I place an open doorway or window – inside which I paint a close-up view of nature or another landscape – the paintings include symbols and artefacts.“
Born in 1971, Aia Leu is an artist who lives in Ireland. She studied figure sketching in Vevey, Switzerland as a teenager, her paternal grandmother is the Swiss artist Eva Aeppli. She moved to Kenmare, Ireland in 1989 and has a studio outside the town nestled in a beautiful valley.
Aia’s work draws directly from her multicultural and bohemian upbringing. Her work is particularly influenced by both her years spent as a child in India, and the richness of the Irish landscape, a prolific landscape painter she has recently illustrated a tarot deck: Thoth Journey – The Oracle of Change which reflects beautifully the diversity of her inspiration.
She has exhibited in Ireland with solo shows at the Carnegie Arts Centre and group shows internationally, her work is currently on exhibition as a part of ‘Leu Family Art’ at the Museum Tinguely Basel, Switzerland 2021.
Paintings currently for sale by Aia Leu can be viewed here.
2014 ‘Spirits’ Ancient Rituals Tattoo & Art Gallery, Killarney, Ireland.
2012 ‘Rockpools, Precious as Gold’ Carnegie Arts Centre, Kenmare, Co.Kerry, Ireland.
2006 ‘Cottages’ Deenagh Lodge, Killarney, Co.Kerry, Ireland.
2005 ‘Kerry Landscapes’ Deenagh Lodge, Killarney, Co.Kerry, Ireland.
2004 ‘Doras’ Deenagh Lodge, Killarney, Co.Kerry, Ireland.
2002 ‘Kerry Landscapes’ Mulcahy’s Kenmare, Co.Kerry, Ireland.
2021 ‘Lost & Found’ International exhibition Vacant Museum online.
2021 ‘Kenmare Windows’ arts exhibition Kenmare, Co.Kerry.
2021 ‘Group show women artists’ TheIon3Gallery online.
2021 Leu Art Family. Caresser La Peau du Ciel, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland.
2019 The Museum of Weed, Weedmaps VICE, Los Angeles, USA.
2018 The Wren Gallery, Kenmare, Ireland.
2018 Art Leu Family, Caresser la Peau du Ciel, le lieu unique, Nantes, France.
2017 ‘Group Show’ Carnegie Arts Centre, Kenmare, Co.Kerry.
2016 Mirador Art Gallery, Ozora Festival, Hungary.
2015 Caresser La Peau du Ciel, Museum CIMA, Ste Croix, Switzerland.
2015 Mirador Art Gallery, Ozora Festival, Hungary.
2015 K-Fest Gallery 9, Killorglin, Ireland.
2014 ‘Pint Size Paintings’ Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio, United States.
2014 Mirador Art Gallery, Ozora Festival, Hungary.
2014 ‘The Gathering’ An Exhibition of Works by Kerry Artists, Tech Amergin, Waterville.
2013 The Gathering’ An Exhibition of Works by Kerry Artists, The Copper House Gallery, Dublin.
2013 ‘The Gathering’ Dept of Art and Heritage, Killarney, Ireland.
2012 3rd Eye Art Gallery, Boom Festival, Portugal.
2011 ‘Beara Arts’ Group Show, Mill Cove Gallery, Co. Cork
2010 ‘Body Language’ Group Show, Carnegie Arts Centre, Kenmare, Co.Kerry.
2009 June ‘Fresh Art’ Group Show, Carnegie Arts Centre, Kenmare.
2002 May Kenmare Arts Festival, Bluestone gallery, Kenmare.
1999 Kenmare Art Gallery, Bridge St. Co.Kerry.
Terry Chaisin. Ailleurs Arrive, publisher: A. Groux, 1988. Illustrations Aia Leu.
Wroblewski, Chris, Skin Shows, Editeur Virgin Books, 1989 ISBN 0-86369-272-9 – illustrations Aia Leu (4 pages)
The Art of the Leu Family, Ed. Seed Press, 2012 ISBN 9780955110924 – Aia Leu (18 paintings)
The Gathering 2013, Copper House Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (catalogue d’exposition) – Aia Leu (1 page)
The Swiss Review, article in the Regional Edition GB 3/13 June 2013
Loretta Leu and Aia Leu, Berber Tattooing, publisher: Seedpress, 2017 ISBN 9780955110955 – Editor & illustrations Aia Leu
HEY! Modern Art & Pop Culture, No 3 Season 2, June 2018. Berber tattooing Illustrations.
Joanna-Kate Grant and Aia Leu, Thoth Journey – The Oracle of Change, publisher: Seedpress, 2020 ISBN 9780955110993 – Illustrations Aia Leu
Earth Pathways Diary 2022